Kickstart My Art | Kelly Thompson’s The Girl Who Would Be King
This isn’t comics, but it’s certainly comics-adjacent. Kelly Thompson writes the She Has No Head! column for Robot 6’s sibling blog Comics Should Be Good and is also one of the hosts of the 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast. She’s also written a contemporary fantasy novel that she’s hoping to get published through Kickstarter. She describes The Girl Who Would Be King this way:
Separated by thousands of miles, two young women are about to realize their extraordinary powers which will bind their lives together in ways they can’t begin to understand.
Protecting others. Maintaining order. Being good. These are all important things for Bonnie Braverman, even if she doesn’t understand why. Confined to a group home since she survived the car accident that killed both her parents, Bonnie has lived her life until now in self-imposed isolation and silence; but when an opportunity presents itself to help another girl in need, Bonnie has to decide whether to actually use the power she has long suspected she has. Power that frightens her.
Across the country, Lola LeFever is inheriting her own power by sending her mother over a cliff…literally. For Lola the only thing that matters is power; getting it, taking it, and eliminating anyone who would get in the way of her pursuit of it. With her mother dead and nothing to hold her back from the world any longer, Lola sets off to test her own powers on anyone unfortunate enough to cross her. And Lola’s not afraid of anything.
One girl driven to rescue, save, and heal; the other driven to punish, destroy, and kill.
And now they’re about to meet.
Another cool (and comics-related) aspect of the novel is that cover was illustrated by Marvel artist Stephanie Hans.
Thompson has the first couple of chapters up on her website, and they’re good. They’re short, too, so it doesn’t take much time to get hooked.
As you’ll see from the samples, the book’s got a quick pace appropriate for fans of YA literature, but is also more violent than even something like The Hunger Games. Thompson explained on a recent 3 Chicks episode that it was that aspect that kept the book from finding a home with a traditional publisher, so rather than write out the violence, she decided to publish it herself.
It’s going to be around 375 pages and pledge amounts range from $1 to $75. $10 gets you an ebook version, $20 gets you the ebook and a printed copy, and higher amounts include extras like magnets, stickers, and limited edition hardcovers.